Sunday, July 31st, 2005
Review: Car Baby Mirror
Why would I bother reviewing a $4 baby car mirror? Per the Rule of Threes, it took three tries to find a decent mirror once Little Miss began facing forward in her car seat.
Strike One: Suck-o Mirror was bonded to a metal pole that attached to the windshield with a suction cup. It would suck for as long as 60 seconds before falling off. Oh, but the psychological sucking kept going and going and going… And yes, I did try the moistening trick, with no luck.
Strike Two: Rubbish Mirror attached underneath our rearview mirror using a rubber strip with hooks on each end. I strained to fasten the hooks when the entire rearview mirror fell into my lap. Oh. Dear. God. Thankfully, the rearview mirror has a screw mount in the roof, so it was reattached with some mild cursing.
After a five minute breather, I collected my wits and threw away the installation instructions. Using the photo on the product box as a guide the installation was quickly completed.
The mirror worked fabulously, until we drove the car. With each bump the mirror tilted any which way it pleased. After tightening the swivel joint with a screwdriver, it worked well for a few days, then loosened again, and again, and again.
Base Hit: Strolling the safety isle at Babies R Us I discovered the perfect* car mirror. It clips onto the passenger visor. That’s it. No tricks. If you know how to use a potato chip bag clip, you can install this mirror.
* No product is perfect. The clip has a tiny pole that slides into a hole mount on the mirror. That’s all. The mirror just slides onto the clip. About once every three weeks the mirror falls off, usually as the car navigates some serious bumps. Still, it’s a small price to pay for simplicity.
The mirror also comes with a suction cup mount, ostensibly to let it be used on the rear window for a rear-facing baby seat. The mirror seems a bit small for that, but who knows.
The brand of mirror I bought in December was "Especially for Baby," distributed by Babies R Us. I cannot find this product sold online, except at a stray Ebay auction. However, the Safety 1st Front or Back Babyview Mirror [safety1st.com] appears to be very similar, if not identical.